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The fight for Kew's soul
Posted on: Monday, March 30, 2015 Category: Cultures

The institution known as Kew Gardens is no stranger to enforced, cataclysmic change. In the early hours of October 16, 1987, the Great Storm that blew through the south of England uprooted more than 700 trees at the Royal Botanic Gardens - and taught arborists some new things about roots and planting that they could never otherwise have learned. For the past 12 months Kew has been in the midst of another storm, just as deracinating - a budget shortfall from its sponsoring ministry, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), that has gone hand in hand with a radical restructuring of its scientific work and led to a fifth of scientists losing their jobs.

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Little houses of horror
Posted on: Monday, March 30, 2015 Category: Cities

With its fa´┐Żade of new brick and tinted glass the five-storey building in the west of downtown Baltimore could be the HQ of an asset management company or an executive recruitment agency. In fact it is dedicated to the study of human death and its causes.

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Profiles of the Tusk Conservation Award nominees, 2014
Posted on: Sunday, December 21, 2014 Category: Cultures

Herizo Andrianandrasana, Madagascar

The much photographed Avenue of Baobabs on Madagascar's west coast is both a symbol of that Indian Ocean island - in all its astonishing biodiversity - and a gateway to its future. For the road that passes between these surreal arboreal giants leads to a place where Madagascar is fighting back against the forces threatening to destroy its precious and unique environment.

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